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Wydawnictwo: Harper Collins

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Ilość stron: 352

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From the author of the bestselling The Professor and the Madman comes the fascinating story of William Smith the orphaned son of an English country blacksmith who became obsessed with creating the worlds first geological map and ultimately became the father of modern geologyIn 1793 William Smith a canal digger made a startling discovery that was to turn the fledgling science of the history of the earth and a central plank of established Christian religion on its head He noticed that the rocks he was excavating were arranged in layers more important he could see quite clearly that the fossils found in one layer were very different from those found in another And out of that realization came an epiphany that by following the fossils one could trace layers of rocks as they dipped and rose and fell clear across England and indeed clear across the world Determined to publish his profoundly important discovery by creating a map that would display the hidden underside of England he spent twenty years traveling the length and breadth of the kingdom by stagecoach and on foot studying rock outcrops and fossils piecing together the image of this unseen universeIn 1815 he published his epochal and remarkably beautiful handpainted map more than eight feet tall and six feet wide But four years after its triumphant publication and with his young wife going steadily mad to the point of nymphomania Smith ended up in debtors prison a victim of plagiarism swindled out of his recognition and his profits He left London for the north of England and remained homeless for ten long years as he searched for work It wasn until 1831 when hisemployer a sympathetic nobleman brought him into contact with the Geological Society of London which had earlier denied him a fellowship that at last this quiet genius was showered with the honors long overdue him He was summoned south to receive the societys highest award and King William IV offered him a lifetime pensionThe Map That Changed the World is at its foundation a very human tale of endurance and achievement of one mans dedication in the face of ruin and homelessness The worlds coal and oil industry its gold mining its highway systems and its railroad routes were all derived entirely from the creation of Smiths first map and with a keen eye and thoughtful detail Simon Winchester unfolds the poignant sacrifice behind this worldchanging discovery

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Dział: Literatura obcojęzyczna

Kategoria: literatura.literature, biografie.biographies

Wydawnictwo: Harper Collins
Ilość stron:352
Wprowadzono: 20.01.2011
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